August 10, 2004
Payment rates are available for Loan Deficiency Payments (LDP) to producers who have harvested a 2004 crop of barley, oats or grain sorghum. The producer must have the commodity stored and must retain beneficial interest in the commodity from the time of harvest through the date the LDP is requested. Producers also must have reported their planted crop acreage to the Farm Service Agency. Loan Deficiency Payments are available when the county has a payment rate in effect until March 31, 2005, for small grains and May 31, 2005, for other marketing assistance loan commodities.
June 20, 2006
Colleen Cashell, executive director for USDA's Farm Service Agency in Washington County, said Monday that farmers can now nominate people from Local Administrative Area 1 to serve on the agency's county committee. The area is all of the county west of Interstate 81. Nominations can be filed through Aug. 1 at the FSA office in Suite 107 at 1260 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown. The election will be this fall. The committee helps make decisions to administer federal farm programs offered here and helps ensure programs serve local needs.
August 22, 2006
McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Loan deficiency payments are available to Fulton County farmers who have produced eligible commodities on a farm that's met federal requirements, an official said. The payment rates are available now on 2006 crop barley, grain sorghum and corn, including corn silage, said John K. Johnston, head of the Farm Service Agency office in Fulton County. "Contact the county FSA office prior to selling or feeding your crop if you want a payment," Johnston said.
June 8, 2010
June 15 - Nominations accepted through Aug. 2 for Farm Service Agency County Committee 2010 election being held for Local Administrative Area No. 3 in Washington County. Forms available at 1260 Maryland Ave., Suite 107, Hagerstown. o To reach the Washington County Extension office, drive about 7 miles south of Hagerstown from the Interstate 70 exit onto Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65). The office is in the Washington County Agricultural Education Center complex. o Visit http://Washington.
August 28, 2007
The USDA declared Maryland a drought disaster area last week. Officials said the designation will help provide assistance and financial relief to Maryland farmers affected by the severe dry weather and excessive heat from June 1 through the summer months. "It just makes more money available for farmers that can't get a loan from a conventional source, which actually in a disaster situation, that's going to hurt them so more people might really be eligible," said Colleen Cashell, executive director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Washington County.
April 15, 1999
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Max Hade recently received almost $2,000 as part of a federal aid program to help struggling hog farmers. [cont. from front page ] Hade is grateful for the help, but he's a long way from turning the Clay Hill Road farm around. "It's better than nothing," said Hade, who says he'll know by the end of the year whether he'll stay in the business or not. Hade lost at least $50,000 in the last year during some severe drops in hog prices. The federal aid will cover his electric bill for a few months.
April 9, 2013
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the extension of the voluntary claims process for Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA in past decades. All claims must be filed by May 1. The process offers a voluntary alternative to litigation for each Hispanic or female farmer and rancher who can prove that the USDA denied his or her application for loan or loan-servicing assistance for discriminatory reasons for certain time periods between 1981 and 2000.
June 17, 2008
Colleen Cashell, executive director for USDA's Farm Service Agency in Washington County, said farmer candidate nominations are now being accepted for local Farm Service Agency committees. In Washington County, the election is for Local Administrative Area No. 2, which is the part of the county east of Interstate 81 and north of Md. 68 from Williamsport and Alternate U.S. 40 at Boonsboro. The nomination period continues through Aug. 1. Elections take place this fall. To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and live in the local administrative area in which the person is a candidate.
August 16, 2005
Landowners have less than a month to submit applications for the Grassland Reserve Program, administered jointly by the USDA's Farm Service Agency and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The deadline is Aug. 26 to submit GRP offers and have them considered for funding in September. This year, Maryland has $133,200 available for qualifying applicants. "The voluntary Grassland Reserve Program provides an excellent opportunity for landowners to preserve and conserve our nation's grasslands," said Elizabeth Anderson, executive director for the Maryland Farm Service Agency.
January 29, 2008
ANNAPOLIS - Elizabeth Anderson, executive director for USDA's Farm Service Agency in Maryland, says FSA is reaching out to women, ethnic and minority farmers in the state in an effort to get more of them involved in its programs. "FSA programs are available to all producers but we would like to increase participation by traditionally underrepresented groups in all program areas," Anderson said. FSA defines a socially disadvantaged (SDA) farmer, rancher, or agricultural producer as one of a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice because of his or her identity as a member of the group without regard to his or her individual qualities.